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Waiting for the next round to begin...

I’ve got two phones and a PDA on me.  I’m wired for communication and that call will be coming soon.  Those phones are weighing my suit down, like a ball & chain.  My sunglasses are on, concealing my eyes.  I’m sitting in a café, in the Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong, scoping the scene before the next duel begins.  Just murdering time, sipping a skim latte to ease my aching memory of the bottle of scotch I drank last night.  It will start again soon.

Big boy’s games.

The night before…  Dragon-i.  I’m sitting at a round table, dressed to the nines, facing five other men.  Each man is an impressive sight in their own right.  Different styles, all high key, all high calibre.

A snapshot on the run.
  Smoke and laughter fills the air.  I don’t normally smoke, but a lit Marlboro smoulders in one hand, top shelf scotch on the rocks in the other.  Neither runs dry throughout the night.  Conversation shoots back and forth - covering the usual bases.  B, T & A - figure that out for yourself :oP
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We are all friends, if your definition of friendship is generous.  Lets say friends of a seriously different nature.

My eyes scan the table, through the haze of tobacco and booze, and my looks are met with smiles.  Features from Europe, the Middle East, Oceania & the Mediterranean greet me.  The smiles and words offer unconditional welcome.  Nice guys… stand up guys who deliver what they say.

Hong Kong in the morning.
Men of their word.  But the smiles and words tell only half of the story.  The eyes tell me the rest. They tell me everything the words don’t.  It is not in what they say - it is in what is unsaid.

The jury is always out here.  Reputation is the first and only asset.

People are wired differently.  Most are wired for predictable, regular, consistent behaviour.  Regular people who live long lives.  The world is based on these types of people.  Then there are the exceptions.  Those that are made to burn like supernovas, torching the candle at both ends, racing through life at a million miles an hour.  People of risk.  All around me are smiles, scotch and models.  An evening of fun and relaxation.  But make no mistake, this is a very serious game. Each man at this table shares the same thread.  Heavy weight predators, each functioning on an extreme edge.  There is no room for luggage at this table, you keep the pace or you are out.  The scotch, smokes, smiles and words are high stakes poker.  The game has nothing to do with the venue or the eye candy.  Face is everything and weakness means that you are yesterday’s news.

We continue until 4am.  I rise at 8am.

Now I wait, in my suit, watching my three phones and sipping my skim latte.  Waiting for this morning’s contest to begin.  It will be the next round.

alicegourmet says:
Haha...Dion, we are talking the same language! I love coffee but I don't drink a lot. I have "Illy" coffee in my pantry/fridge all the time. 1 can for regular coffee dripping machine, 1 for making espresso, and 1 decaf if I want to drink it after 7p.m. I can't fall into sleep if I drink coffee late!
Posted on: Oct 21, 2008
Advoc8 says:
I've done the high tea thing at the Penninsula, but I've never had coffee at the Mandarin.

I'm actually a coffee snob. I've been spoiled by Italian coffee. Everything else is just not the same.

My first foray into the Italian coffee world is a funny story... I'm gonna write that one up when I get the time!
Posted on: Oct 21, 2008
alicegourmet says:
Oh forgot to tell you that I would prefer to have afternoon tea at Mandarin Oriental coffee shop than Pennisula. I love the coffee and dessert at Mandarin Oriental Hotel...try the "Blue Mountain" coffee next time when you are in HK. I bet you will like it very much! =)
Posted on: Oct 21, 2008
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A snapshot on the run.
A snapshot on the run.
Hong Kong in the morning.
Hong Kong in the morning.